Lakeshore Records will release the Last Days in the Desert – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on May 13, and on CD June 3, 2016. The album features the film's original score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans.
"The music is meant to be simple, like the film. No miracles, no magic, just a real human encounter between Jesus and a family," said Bensi. "We thought it was important that the film's ensemble cast not be overwhelmed by orchestration, so we settled on just a few select instruments, each voicing its own part."
"This sparseness helped create a mournful, spacious sound that complements the mournfulness and spaciousness of the desert. Even the sound of the desert itself is recalled by the instrumentationarid, attenuated, sometimes brittle, often bleak," Jurriaans described. "The core of the score is made up of violins and cellos, although you can't always tell since they're often played eerily, scratchily, or austerely. On the other hand, there are key moments of relief when they're played more expressively and emotivelyalmost romantically." The score also features gamelan and singing bowls to help create a more metaphysical/meditative feel.